This house, driven by sophisticated, modern clients who are extraordinarily in tune with nature – directly responds to and heightens the awareness of its external surroundings by means of its innovative materiality.
The house proactively can “feel” and “see” the beauty of its stunning Key Biscayne waterfront site. This is mainly achieved through a “light chamber” constructed of sun responsive, dichroic glass. Similar to photo-sensitive eyeglass lenses – this translucent element functions as an environmental reader subtly shifting in both hue and intensity in accordance with the changes in natural light throughout the day. At its base is a meditative pool which reinforces the connection to the exterior environment.
Acting physically as a barometer of external light conditions and metaphorically as a hearth, this central element anchors the house’s boundaryless spaces.
Winner of the 2004 AIA Miami Award of Excellence